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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative re-elects 3 to board; Plans high-speed fibre-optic internet to portion of Potter County

Williamsport Sun Gazette

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative members returned three incumbents to the cooperative board of directors during the utility’s 2017 annual meeting in late July at the Troy Fairgrounds, a news release said.

Incumbent directors Nicholas Reitter, of Genesee; Matthew Whiting, of Lawrenceville and Lowell Geiser, of Galeton were unanimously re-elected to represent districts 3, 5 and 9, respectively.

Nearly 700 members registered for the annual meeting, which took place at Alparon Park in Troy in conjunction with the Troy Fair. Meeting attendees heard election results, as well as business reports from Craig Eccher, cooperative president and CEO, and board Chairman Matthew Whiting.

During his president’s report, Eccher said the cooperative is committed to providing its members with safe, reliable, reasonably priced electricity.

“We do this by making strategic system investments, ongoing maintenance, prudent financial decisions and, most importantly, through the talent and dedication of our employees,” he said, according to the news release.

The CEO also updated members about the cooperative’s plan to bring high-speed fiber-optic internet service to a portion of its service territory in Potter County later this year. The proposed pilot project will ultimately help the cooperative determine the feasibility of offering high-speed broadband internet service to Tri-County members throughout the cooperative’s service territory, the news release said.

“Cooperatives may be the only option to bring true broadband to rural areas, just like it took cooperatives to bring electricity to those areas,” Eccher said.

Whiting also detailed the co-op’s focus on fiber optic technology during his chairman’s report. He noted that bringing high-speed broadband to rural areas, while a daunting and expensive task, could be a boon to economic development in the region, the news release said. Read more...


Anonymous said...

It would be nice to see the internet where verizon refuses to do it like north bingham and bingham center. I just hope it's not as expensive as the electric!

Anonymous said...

Verizon sucks for customer service.

Anonymous said...

This is great. Say good-bye to Dish network satellite internet service. It seems like Dish raises the price every 6 months and their customer service is terrible

Anonymous said...

I wasn't aware Dish had customer service. I knew Frontier didn't.

bob said...

Anonymous 9:24's not that Verizon refuses to provide DSL's because DSL isn't the same as cable broadband and there is a limit to how far they can transfer it from an office hub like Ulysses.